19th and early 20th century Ireland was a golden era both for Irish whiskey and, perhaps coincidentally, for great Irish novelists, poets, and playwrights. Ireland was the leading whiskey producing nation in the world and the birthplace of literary giants of the era including writers such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Bram Stoker, to name but a few.
Many of these great writers, on occasion, would take refuge in their local public house, where they could draw inspiration from their daily observations of life while enjoying the comfort of their favourite dram of whiskey.
At this time, one whiskey blend was held high above all others. Known as the ‘champagne of Irish whiskey’ it was a master blend of pot still and malt whiskeys, both distilled in copper pots. It was enjoyed by many of the great Irish writers of the day… of course less for its inspirational qualities than its full-bodied, flavoursome taste and creamy texture! It was said that they enjoyed it so much, that when they cried their tears were of whiskey.
WRITERS TEARS COPPER POT
Writers Tears is a unique old Irish Pot still Whiskey. It is a vatting of Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskeys. Distilled from 60% malt and 40% pot Still (No Grain). Writers Tears is triple distilled, non -peated and matured and aged in American Oak bourbon casks. A gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murrays Iconic “Whiskey Bible” “Altogether a very unusual Irish Whiskey , a throwback to the last century where spiced Pure Pot Still whiskey was married with Floral Single Malt” –Jim Murray . It has also been added to Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die.
Flashes of apple with hints of vanilla and honey over a distinctive pot still base.
Gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch with background notes of toasted oak.
Long Elegant finish with subtle notes of milk chocolate and almonds.
WRITERS TEARS CASK STRENGTH
Writerṣ Tears Cask Strength is at 53% this year and is Ireland’s most exclusive Whiskey. A vatting of Single Pot Still and Single Malt, this is distilled 3 times and carefully aged in American Oak Casks. Each year Bernard Walsh selects a handful of exceptional casks to make this the benchmark for Super Premium Cask Strength Irish Whiskey. It is available in strictly limited quantities.
Dark chocolate, rich blackberries, summer fruits and sweet barley.
Hints of butterscotch allude to complex tones of rich toasted wood, giving way to creamy oak and single pot still spice.
A bold and intense finish.
WRITERS TEARS RED HEAD
This exquisite, triple-distilled single malt is matured only in select handpicked Spanish sherry butts which have previously been seasoned with the finest Oloroso sherry. It is the influence of these scarce butts that give this expression of Writers’ Tears its signature rich, ruby hue and hence the moniker – ‘Red Head’. The expression is distilled without chill filtering as nature intended and at a distinctive 46% ABV.
Rich Ruby Red.
Orange peel, dried fruits and sherry plums.
Nutty Oloroso, Spicy Raisins and creamy oak.
Long and wonderfully complex with a flourish of orange. An unhurried journey.